Mildred's is one of those establishments my DH and I had been dying to cross off our list. After deciding to cancel our plans (due to weather, boo!) to go to the Southbank World Street Food Festival, we headed there in hopes we'd get a table.
Eureka! There was no wait time and we were seated immediately. But boy...was it cramped! Mildred's is tiiiiiiiiiiiiny, catering to a lot of people at once. I didn't mind because there seemed to be no rush to get up and leave - enjoy your meal at peace, patrons of Mildreds. Have a few drinks and relax.
We ordered our drinks. I had a Bellini and my husband had the Daas Blond beer. Our starters were the Mediterranean platter and the chinese fried dumplings. Let me say, it irks me when starters arrive before drinks. That's a basic - it shouldn't be done wrong. I'd like to quench my thirst after a day of shopping, thank you very much.
Our starters arrived and I'd have to say, they were a mixed bag. Absolutely skip the Mediterranean platter, which our server said was marginally better than the Mexican platter. The yogurt and beetrot dip was the only savior of the mixture. Everything else seemed like it came off the shelf at Tesco express. Sorry Mildreds - I've seen better. The chinese fried dumplings, however, were FANTASTIC. Served with an amazing sauce and kimchi, we ate it down to the last crumb. If we could have had ten more of those, I'd have been in heaven. Please, please for the love of God, order these if you want to lose your ever-loving mind on a brief trip to flavour town...
Mains were an easy choice. I ordered the tomato and basil risotto cake while my husband opted for the burrito (without the guacamole, please). Both came fast and the portions were MASSIVE. Everything was fabulous so I cannot complain there. We said we wouldn't bother with dessert but ordered the chocolate and peanut butter brownie, served warm with ice cream. Oh my. That was a treat. I know brownies are played out but I couldn't help myself, reader. I needed it. There is no better marriage of ingredients than chocolate and peanut butter and this union did it justice.
I don't quite get what people are saying about the service being piss-poor. Our server was friendly, helpful and sharp. Our only complaints were the tiny sizes of the tables and the cramped seating. The bill was also a little ridiculous. Over 70 pounds for a few drinks, some starters and mains? Come on! Any restaurant with a burrito as a main course has no right to charge such astronomical prices, in my opinion. The menu changes every so often to go with the season so we will be back! Great meal.
Heaven is a bowl of sweet potato fries from Mildred's. With the basil mayo. Just the right amount of crispy edge and squishy centre. Now if you don't read any further at least I've told you that ;)
This is a v popular veggie place in Soho with the omnivore seal of approval. Whatever your x-free diet you'll still have decent choice, and they're v happy to tweak things (ask for the vegan version of the aforementioned mayo if needed!).
Last week we skipped starters - personally looked a little pricey to me (over £6 for 4 gyozas?). Mains are around the £10 mark and nicely varied; we had a mix at the table with bean burritos and sausage+mash disappearing rapidly around me. I had the burger of the day (a tasty kidney bean and tofu creation) with the sweet potato marvels, washed down with organic cider. Having not been for a while I'd forgotten that the portions are massive so it felt pretty heavy. May have been my own fault for snacking whilst waiting for the table, woops.
Speaking of which, you can't book ahead nor sit down until everyone's arrived, and there's always a ton of people waiting. Leave your name with the guy avec ipad at the door. Personal highlight of the evening was his classic 'brown guys all look the same' mistake, after he took details from one of my mates, went to check availability, then came back and replied to a different guy! *facepalm*
We had a good giggle about that during our 45min wait. For the sake of your blood pressure I recommend escaping the sardines can of the bar area and heading for a drink elsewhere (or they have outdoor ping pong in nearby Golden Square atm!). Make sure you head back on time though.
We sat downstairs this time and boy it was loud, as each closely-packed table seemed to be trying to outdo its neighbours - unless you fancy reverting to hand signals, be prepared to join in! Our server was v friendly and chatty, and helped my mate choose a dish in a way that felt very genuine, before joking at the end that he should've just pushed the priciest dish - nice that he didn't.
Empty plates and (over)full tummies all round at the end (once I'd hoovered up everyone else's remaining sweet potato fries). The only thing we regretfully left was half a mate's elderflower martini which he'd seemed surprised to find was mostly gin... hmm yeah not sure what he was expecting!
Despite the short queue, upon arrival I couldn't have been more thrilled. As a vegetarian from Amsterdam, where options are limited, a place like this is heaven. And it absolutely wasn't the food that disappointed me...
We were seated in the upstairs room, where four tables are located. When we sat down, two of these were occupied and it was as pleasantly noisy as you'd expect in a busy restaurant. Once one of the tables cleared however, the newly arrived customers complained about our table being too noisy, and we were promptly told by the waitress to be quiet.
The issue? Both us as well as our neighbors produced the same volume of chatter and laughter, our table just so happened to be the only multiracial one. When pointed out to our waitress that our neighbors (who also had gotten louder) were never asked to lower it, she simply replied that the guests hadn't complained about them. It was extremely disappointing to end a great meal with sh** service, especially since I intended on coming back here often. I don't see myself returning here anytime soon now.
Are you Veggie-head? Vegan? Annoyingly gluten free? Well then, we have a place for YOU and all your friends to enjoy a meal out without it getting weird or awkward with a barrage of questions like "is this organic?" or "Is there palm oil in this?"
I had the sri lankan curry and it was MASSIIIIIIIVE. Just huge and awesome. It was a ton of carbs, rice, and lots of sweet potato, which ended up in feeling like a belly bomber, but over all the food coming out of the kitchen looked great and there were a ton of different types of food. Ranging from salads, to some meats, to mexican to pretty much anything under the sun.
See this is why I hate going to the same place more than once. Its like a drug or something, its never going to be good as your first hit. The queue was horrendous because there's no where to chill as its so cramped...the staff were all very friendly and efficient though so made it more bearable. I feel I just made the wrong choices tonight which annoyed me a bit because I was really hungry and had been looking forward to it all day. I had the detox salad which was nothing special or exactly the most exciting dish on the menu and sweet potato fries as a side dish and gotta be honest....don't get why everyone is gassing them up so much! Plain to me. The pornstar Martini was good to be fair.
Mildred Pierce This Ain't Baby !
Tucked away discreetly on Lexington Street, I've walked past this restaurant several times, without ever being troubled with the urge to visit it. But for it being the birthday pick of my BFF Charlie I honestly, would have kept on walking.
When I mentioned to my Pop that I was going to a vegetarian restaurant for a friend's birthday, he smiled and reminded me that if there wasn't any meat on my plate for dinner when I was a kid, I would get down from the table and go off and sulk somewhere.
I smiled when he said it, but only realised the significance of his story, when I ran my eyes down Mildreds menu. I plumbed for the stir fried Asian vegetables cooked in sesame oil and plum sauce with garlic and ginger. Favoursome yes...but....not enough to make me forget how I much I love meat.
For me vegetables represent side dishes to enhance the main event and if I'm brutally honest, vegetarian cooking has to be pretty darned amazing to thrill a die- hard carnivore like myself.
If you're a veggie, I'm sure this place will be right up your alley, but for me it was a valiant effort to convince my taste buds, that vegetables as a main meal can rock. Unfortunately, it failed for me.
Add to that bland interiors - a pop of warm colour would have raised the tone so easily. The queue - we went on a Friday night and waited so long, so close to the front door, that popped open so often, I didn't manage to get warm during the whole duration of our stay. Even when we were eventually seated at the back of the restaurant.
Will I be going back, sorry to say not anytime soon.
Mildred's is the perfect place to convince a meat eater that veggie and vegan food can satisfy.
Speaking to the veggies: we all have those pesky carnivores in our life, right? The ones that say such annoying things as "A meal isn't complete without meat" or "If we didn't eat them, they would eat us". Take them to Mildred's and watch them quickly change their tune. With dishes such as bangers and mash, the food will feel familiar to even the most seasoned meat eater. The wonderful taste will do the rest of the job of winning them over.
Speaking to the meat eaters: Y U no stop eating meat?
Other bits and pieces: the restaurant can be extremely busy and you can have to wait for a table. They do not take bookings. Don't expect to have an intimate moment with a date. The table are about an inch apart.
As the Yelp stars suggest: this place is a-ok.
And I feel like a jerkball (technical term) because so many respected Yelp-voices seem to love Mildred's. So let's agree that I need to give it a second chance, ok? Maybe I made a fatal mistake by not going for the much-celebrated risotto cake.
First off: love the space. Love that it cozily overflows at lunch time, and yet doesn't super-shoo me through my plates.
Also - as Kat F. keenly observed - it's a 'cool'/'non-weird' (ha) veggie/vegan-friendly place. I'm a veggie lover, and my lunch buddy is borderline vegan, and we were happy as (soy protein based) clams.
Fresh beet and orange juice: LIKE DRINKING STRAIGHT DELICIOUS VITAMINS.
I had the gyoza to start because I'm a sucker for a dumpling. They were...not great, especially at the price of roughly a pound/each. They were really small and the skins weren't sealed so it was impossible to dip them into the (delicious, note) chili sauce without all the innards falling out. Dumpling architecture was off.
We also had some guacamole and chips, which was totally fine. Really lime-y (which I like!) and smooth (which I don't!). Fair portion, I guess, but it was just...chips and gauc.
As a main I was trying to keep my careening-towards-holiday-excesses promise to myself and had the detox salad. Beet and carrot and seeds and fennel and some leaves all tossed together in a lime vinaigrette. A lot of crunching; it was a nice, clean salad. Energising. Nice pile of crunch.
I think what derailed the mood a little was one server who seemed to roll their eyes at any/everything. It was kindof funny, but I don't know what set it off: stressful service? The rolling was in high gear when three separate tables requested tables different from the ones they were given (can fully sympathise that this would be frustrating within a small restaurant, but an obvious huffy eye-roll doesn't help, either).
Yelp note: the neighbouring table had the burger of the day with massive wedged sweet potato fries. Their plates looked BOMBDOTCOM.
You know what is amazing? Meat. Steak, burgers, chicken, the works. If I'm sitting down to a meal, I'm going to order it with meat.
Which is why I usually don't enjoy a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. Don't get me wrong, vegetables are good too. But when I go out to eat and I miss meat, I miss meat. I always dream about other places I could be where I could have be eating something more delicious than the vegetables in front of me.
That was before Mildreds. Oh my god, Mildreds. You've changed my life and opened my eyes.
I was brought here for a going away party for a friend who was a vegetarian and was, again, a little disappointed I had to go somewhere with no meat on the menu. How wrong I was. The meals they prepare here are amazing, from halloumi burgers to bean burritos. So good, you don't miss anything that isn't there, no matter what lifestyle you're into.
Now, there are amazing things on the menu and you really can't go wrong with anything. However, if you're going for the thing, THE thing, it's got to be the risotto cake. One giant battered risotto ball in a creamy sauce with amazing greens. One of the BEST dishes in all of London.
The space can get crazy. They take no reservations and while the restaurant goes back a while, it still only has a limited amount of tables. More than likely you'll wait for a table, but the wait is worth it.
I still enjoy meat to no meat, but with Mildreds, it doesn't seem to matter that much. And that's the best review I can give.
Mildred's offers a variety of dishes with international influences and with the options of vegan, gluten-free and wheat-free meals. They do not take reservations and the wait sometimes could be long, but it is well worth it. While waiting you can take advantage of their bar from wine to beer and specialty created cocktails.
One of their main dishes I recommend is the Sri Lankan sweet potato and cashew nut curry. The dish is nicely presented with big sweet chunks of sweet potatoes with yellow basmati rice with green peas topped with cilantro and chopped cashews in a cashew nut curry. The flavor of the curry was complex with flavors of coconut, cardamom, turmeric and curry leaves with the chopped sweet cashews. The thick tomato sambal on the side had tomato, cilantro and a hint of coconut that provides freshness to the dish.
As for dessert, I had their sticky toffee pudding. Their take on the sticky toffee pudding is presented like a slice of cake as oppose to most of the other versions of the pudding which were served as a circular shape drenched in sauce. It had a cake-like texture rather than a soaked pudding. The rich and sweet sauce was lightened by the sweet cream served on the side.
Good food and a great staff. A true gem to dine at. I would definitely return to Mildreds next time I am back in London.
One of my London vacation highlights. I had my birthday dinner here and it is a lovely place. Great food, great atmosphere, awesome service and most importantly great food! I highly recommend stopping by if you're in the area. Delicious!
How is it possible that I've never written a review for Mildred's? It's only one of the best restaurants in Soho, despite being at the cheaper end (compared to, say, Bocca di Lupo or Barrafina) and somewhat heinously VEGETARIAN. That's right, no meat here. Not that you'd know it: the menu contains burgers and sausages, but ain't no horse in these babies. It's all chickpeas and tofu. But don't let that put you off! Veggie or not, everything is bloody lovely, and quite upmarket too.
Back in the good old days, they had a takeaway joint called Mrs Marengo's two doors down. When they lost those premises, they crammed it into the front of Mildred's so if you're going with the intention of a sit-down meal, you'll have to navigate your way through legions of customers inspecting the beetroot and quinoa salads. If you're going for takeaway yourself, be prepared for potential mayhem (there's no immediately obvious queuing system and impatient sit-down customers will be huffing and puffing their way around you) but don't worry, the wait is usually shorter than Mrs M's used to be due - I suspect - to the decline in hot food orders, and it's worth it because their salads, whilst far from the cheapest in the area, are gorgeous. They do like their dressings, though, so you'll be kidding yourself if you reckon it's totes healthy.
The full sit-down meal is a genuine treat. Their tofu, apple and bean sausages are not only hearty and satisfying but a really inventive twist on a classic. They have one of the most creative menus I've ever seen, vegetarian or otherwise, and the fact that they do the whole thing with only fruits of the earth is truly impressive. Eating at Mildred's is a genuinely happy experience.
Prices, perhaps, are on the high side; considering the cost of meat these days and the obvious lack of it here, I am a little resentful to find myself paying the better part a tenner for some stir-fried veg. But I'll forgive them because for every dish the seasoning is perfect, presentation beautiful, and ingredients playful and unexpected. The premises are light and staff friendly, and as such it's the first place I take people who drop by my office for a lunch-time visit, whether vegan or hard-core carnivore.
They also do the best sweet potato fries in the whole city. For serious. My friend once walked there from Brixton just to get her fix on a Sunday afternoon only to find that they were closed and you know what? She'd do it all over again. (Although next time one can only hope that they'd be open at the end of it).
So delicious and so many things to like about this place. For one, it's vegetarian. Two, constantly busy, but we managed to get seated relatively quickly. Three, we were never rushed. Four, did I already mention delicious?
I went with the smoked tofu, apple and bean sausages, essentially their version of bangers and mash. The sausages held together nicely, mashed potato was fantastic, and so was the kale. Washed it down with a banana, honey and soya milk smoothie. I also ate a big part of my friend's dessert: coconut black rice pudding with mango compote and coconut flakes. Heavenly, and not super sweet, which I appreciated even more.
Probably my favorite meal in London. Dishoom was a very close second. Thank goodness this was recommended in my guidebook!
I've had a variety of great and terrible experiences here. And that does seem to be the norm these days. The food is overall really nice, it's the service that can be lacking.
Last year was the worst. At lunch we waited longer for food than everyone around who ordered after us, was brought the wrong food, the correct food was cold and with hair in it. Not even a "sorry" from the staff, just bitterness. And that's why I haven't been back in a year.
Last week I took a gaggle of out-of-towners for dinner here because it has something for everyone and it was DELIGHTFUL! Excellent and attentive service, great ambiance, didn't wait very long, the food was superb- wowing the sceptical omnivores to the jaded vegans! It has absolutely renewed my faith in them and I will definitely be bringing friends here for the dinner service!
Surprisingly bad service. From forgotten drinks, to wrong entrees being served, to a double charge on beer, to servers who couldn't seem to care, dining at Mildred's was chaos. We asked for 3 small plates to share starters, the waiter gave us 2, saying 3 was a waste. In general, the waitstaff were stressed, forgetful, and rude. One even walked away when I tried to order ice cream. When we asked again, she said the kitchen was closed. Seriously? You can't scoop ice cream?!?!
Our food was ok, I've been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years, and found their food lacking; it was ok, but not worth the 30 minute wait. My risotto cake, suggested by the waiter, was in this awful horseradish cream sauce. I love horseradish, but this was tangy in all the wrong ways.
Nearing the end of our meal, we were practically forced out as they were closing so early.
(Returned to edit this back in--looks like it was removed by Yelp) I'm not sure why my comment in this post was deleted, but, we were the only multi-ethnic table there at Mildred's and they were rude. Seating people in front of us, good served to us well after people who'd ordered after us. In general, I only felt welcome when I (white person) came in by myself. When my friends joined me, Mildred's turned off the charm.
Don't waste your time and money with this place.
(For my 200th review, I was lucky to have a backlog of reviews to choose from, and am proud to recognize this excellent experience with a five star review!)
Ah Mildred's. What a lovely place to have dinner, despite the bittersweet circumstances. It was former-London Yelp Elite (now San Francisco Yelp Elite) Eliza D's going-away dinner, and she chose Mildred's. A small group of friends, many of which were Yelpers, found ourselves cozied into this cheery restaurant to try our hands at the vegetarian thing.
It ended up by complete coincidence that we all ordered something different. I wanted to try everyone's, but didn't, because I didn't want to have to share my burrito, which was hands down the best vegetarian burrito I've ever had, and one of the best Mexican meals I've had in the city. Prices are totally standard for London (I think we ended up splitting it out to £18 each, and we bought a bottle of wine in there), and quite good for the Soho/Picadilly area.
I'd highly recommend calling for reservations, even for a small group. We were lucky enough to get in without one for an early Saturday night dinner, but I won't leave it to chance next time.
So... as a veggie, you kinda feel obliged to LIKE vegetarian restaurants. So I did try, I really did try.
But, the service was grudging; the noise level was unpleasantly high; the food was barely passable (standard wholefood mush); and the price way exceeded that of a "normal" good restaurant in this area (e.g. Cafe Gourmand next door but two).
I did my best ..
Poor service, kept asking for a new cup which had coffee granules in my herbal tea, one of waiter responses was, thats the way they all are. i have eaten in many cafes an never have had to ask three times for a new cup, in the end i gave up. Portions where small for the beet root salad to the point of silly (but this was after i complained about my cup). I received nasty glares from the male bar attendant after my complaint. Complained to manager who dealt with the tea (after stressing the fact of what happened, she apologised in a neutral manner as if not really caring at all or not being bothered to put the effort in to a good customer service response) by not including in my bill, mmmm i would think so. Food was ok e.g. pasta dishes, atmosphere not that great and waiting staff terrible on this occasion. There are other places i could spend my money on. Before when i ate there the experience was nice, but on this occasion, different staff, different quality of food and totally different experience, inconsistency is not something i return to. Lastly I have had some of the dishes with posted pictures e.g. sweet potatoes chips & IT WAS NOT THAT LARGE OF A PORTION when I ordered.
At the tail end of a VERY long week, no groceries, a veggie pal in town...we needed a late lunch (ooops, we didn't even wake up until noon!) for shopping sustenance.
We were greeted warmly, ushered in from the never-ending rain (seriously, they are not lying about the rain over here), situated at a two-top near the quaint back area and equipped with water...and a bloody mary for me. It went down like a champ. I figured it was like a smoothie that might take the edge off. It was!
I had the middle eastern meze with beetroot yoghurt dip, chilli feta dip, tabouleh, pepper stuffed baby aubergine, rice and mint filled vine leaf and flat bread. It was absolutely incredible. Super fresh, so filling, bright, beautiful veggies.
Service got a bit hit or miss as the meal wore on, but nothing to worry over. Just took a lot longer than we had anticipated, but they did get very busy. They are in a prime location.
London isn't the easiest place to be a vegan/veggie, eh? Have no fear, make a stop over to Mildreds.
I'm dreaming of the beetroot yoghurt dip as I type this. OMG. Get it.
I think Mildred's may be my new favorite restaurant in London, and that's saying a lot. The building and atmosphere are lovely, with a very cozy feel. The food was incredible! We shared two dishes, the pumpkin ravioli and the basil risotto cakes. Both were delicious. Mildred's reminds me a lot of another vegetarian institution, Greens's, in San Francisco. I would recommend getting to Mildred's by 5:45 in order to be seated before the dinner rush.
tldr: a London must.
So, after reading raving reviews about this little veggie gem I finally made it a priority to go last night. And I was not disappointed.
We arrived around 7pm to a packed room so we started off sitting outside indulging in cava (they were out of prosecco) and chatting. Really nice way to start off.
After 30-40 minutes, we were seated. And I have to say, I just love looking at a menu and wanting to eat every single dish. It all sounded so delicious! Not being able to make up our minds, my friend and I decided for 3 starters (!) and two mains.
All together we had the beetroot salad, the grilled halloumi and the dumplings for starters, while for mains we decided for the sweet potato curry and Asian stir fry.
Everything was great - really good. I have wheat allergies and didn't taste the dumplings, but from what I understood they were divine. The beetroot salad was also quite good, however, the grilled halloumi was out of this world. Yum!
I have to admit that we were so stuffed after starters, that we didn't really have the appetite to seriously dig into our mains. Such a shame as they were gorgeous.
Another friend joined us later and had some chocolate cake with his cava - and told us it was just OK. We took his word for it, no room left for tasting.
I would go back any day! :-D
I took my wife here for lunch last Saturday, although I was late and by the time I had arrived, she had filled up on Starters.
This is mainly becuase the portions here are a pretty decent size; I had the ravioli, and my wife a Tostada.
The tostada was really good and so we ended up swapping plates, but the ravioli was also fantastic, with the sauce being the right combination of flavours.
The veggie burger here was also really good, and kept me going for about 6 hours afterwards! (though the sweet potato fries may have had something to do with that).
In conclusion I would definitely go again.
Loved Mildred's! As a quasi-vegan from San Francisco, I've been on the hunt for solid vegetarian food in London (preferably something other than Indian). So, I was delighted to find Mildred's. We went on a Friday night and it was jam-packed. But the service was excellent -- we were able to get a drink while we waited and the wait staff took extra good care of us.
My friend tried the mushroom pie with mushy peas. The dish was a little on the salty side, but very good. We LOVED the sweet potato fries as a starter... and I tried the vegan special version of bangers and mash. Oh, and save room for pudding! It will be hard, but you won't regret it when you bite into the fruit crumble and vegan ice cream.
Thank goodness for you, Mildred... and your vegetarian ways. I'll be back soon.
This was such a fun treat! I didn't know where to grab a quick bite to eat but my friend had just the spot for us. Vegetarian was the theme but you wouldn't have known there wasn't any meat on the menu with how great the menu was! We sat outside and I actually didn't make it inside at all. Outside was cute and the service was excellent. I ordered the detox salad and beet juice :) Happy happy. I heard they do great dinners, and I will be sure to stop by here again when I'm back in town!
The food here was lovely.
The service left a lot to be desired.
We tried quite a few dishes and each one was a delight.
The space is quite small and the place smelled of the cigarettes from outside ( not the restaurants fault, but still very annoying).
If you want a vegetarian meal then Mildreds is a good bet.
They also have gluten free and vegan options.
Mildred's offers proper comforting, hearty 'like your momma use to make if she had accepted your vegetarianism and knew a world away from turkey drumsticks' food.
I go to Mildred's a lot because its yummy. My most recent visit was at a friends *cough*44th*cough* and she'd booked out the private room upstairs. It was nice, clean, away from the hustle and bustle of what is normally the mega busy and cramped downstairs. There is a min spend, but we all covered that no problem.
The food smells divine, looks scrummy, good portion sizes and is just Moorish. Trying to avoid naughty carbs (with my usual choice being the ale and mushroom pie which I really recommend) I had a Tagine with cous cous. Spicy sauce on the side and a bit of flat bread it was just perfect. I couldn't handle the desert, but they looked nice and from the orgasmic sounds everyone else was making, its a good sign.
It's got a good organic wine list, nice selection of beers and cocktails. The waiter may have accidentally mistaken my partner as my mother, but ... that's just plain funny.
A real find! Lots of choice, generous portions and lovely food. The sweet potato and cashew curry is brilliant!
The staff are friendly and attentive without being over the top.
Looking for a nice dinner spot before a Play & Mildred's fit the bill perfectly. Luckily I needed an early dinner to make my show so I got there right before the huge dinner rush - the place was slammed by the time I left
Drinky included the best elderflower sparklie drink that was so incredibly yummy - add a bit of vodka & we're talking YUM!
I had read a lot of great things about their veggie burger but when I asked the server what she thought was better, she couldn't answer....so I went w/ a more traditional / only-in-London kind of dish instead
Mushroom & Ale Pie w/ Chips & Mushy Peas - there was a strong rosemary undertone (or some other herb I can't really say) that gave this an interesting flavor, mixed w/ the Ale. The "pie" part was a nice phyllo-esque. Chips were somewhat dry but mixed nicely w/ the peas & "gravy" from the pie
I was advised before ordering that I'd better like mushrooms b/c this had a lot & let's just say this thing was a *fungal overload* ( in a very good way! ) Huge variety of different mushrooms that added so much flavor complexity due to each soaking up the herbs & gravy in such a different way - amazing
Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert was super-delish! Nice & caramely w/ a strong toffee flavor - adding ice cream (or rice cream) would have put this over the top but was still a decadent treat indeed!
Lots of other yummy sounding dishes to try & I'll def be back!
Caution: fickle veggie alert! From reading past Yelper reviews of Mildred's in Soho, I know this place is very popular so I feel naughty posting a not so nice review. As far as queuing goes, we waltzed right in and got a table immediately. Our waiter gave me the smug look of superiority as I dared to order a Diet Coke. No corporate companies here, all organic juices and freedom beer - fair play to them!
With a bit of lunchtime rush I went for the soup of the day - Pumpkin and Carrot. It arrived in a brilliant dash of yellow flecked with parsley. Wow I was salivating already; this was quickly followed by disappointment. The distinct taste of the pumpkin was robbed by the overpowering flavour of chilli, making it quite spicy to my shy tastebuds. Never one for liking hot, spicy food I left most of it in the bowl. I can't understand why they would add this to the soup; no pumpkin/squash soup recipes I have ever seen incorporate chilli. But once I tasted the accompanying bread I sussed. The focaccia was soft, a touch salty and also chock full of spices, same for the rustic brown bread. After a couple of bites of everything, it felt like I had swallowed a spice rack.
Vegetarian food is often accused of being bland, boring and tasteless. Mildred's seems to be ensuring that no-one dismiss its food this way by totally overcompensating on the spices. While I won't be running back there any time soon, I would like to try the burgers, burritos and salads I saw whizzing by.
Vegetarian food that fills you up FTW!
You guys, Mildred knows her stuff, and her busy little restaurant is worth the inevitable wait. Our party of 5 (awww scott wolf) had to be seated in the special upstairs room, usually reserved for private parties, and adorned with vintage (and may i say explicit?) porn on the walls.
After sharing some delectable hummous and babaganoush for a starter, I tucked into the daily special -- an apple, fennel, and beetroot stew with "giant" couscous. I think the "giant" part sucked me in. Unfortunately, the stew was a bit heavy on the beetroot, and I was sorry I didn't order something that came with those delectable sweet potato fries. What is it about those tasty little fellas?
Dessert: a fruit crumble (the fruit in it changes daily, mine was apple) sans cream that was absolutely scrumtrulescent. Piping hot apples beneath the sugary crumbly crumble. Yum. (Dessert has become a standard when dining out during Sober September for obvious reasons.)
Everything else at the table looked immense and I heard nothing but "mmmmms" all around me.
This place is has an understated facade, which is a good thing, its like its trying to keep a good thing under wraps. So i felt even better for arriving. Straight over to the bar while waiting for friends. Its quite cramped at the front where the bar is but i think that added to the atmosphere. There are some lovely tables that look out of the window on to the street filled with pedestrians mainly, the scale of the street is quite intimate which gives it a specific sense of place.
Pushing past the bar the space opens up to the restaurant which has a huge sky-light that makes it look ten time larger. You have to queue for a table but once youre seated just one look of the menu and you know youre in for a goodun. The service, highly attentive and pally type friendly in tune with the relaxed decor too. Food arrived in good time, well presented and clearly put together with great care.
thinking back on the experience im changing this review from four as i write to five - there is simply nothing to complain of.
Yum yummy yum yum good for my tum tum.
I went here with my sister a few months back and was really impressed. Both of us have been veggie since we were kids and our mum has spoilt us with great home cooked vegetarian dishes all our lives so it takes a lot to get us excited about veggie food. The place is quite small and does get busy quick so I'd book or go early. This is the only reason why the place hasn't got 5 stars. But saying that, if it was any bigger I think it would lose some of it's friendly and warm atmosphere.
They have great sweet potato chips and the menu has a huge selection of tasty dishes. I thought is was well priced for what you were getting and overall it was a great meal out.
Also, for you celeb spotters out there, Keria Knightly is often in here so keep a eye out in case she pinches a chip off your plate!
Right just to get this clear i'm no veggie hippy, the closest i get is going to glast and sitting pissed in the stone circle.
I thought oh what a nice place to go with a veggie having heard loads of good things about this place. The fact that you can't book and it's always busy also i thought a good sign.
was impressed with the menu, i didn't realise just how many things you could do with a carrot?
I ordered the asian vegetable stirfry which was ok but really just consisted of spring onions and a bit of brocolli. The fake sausages look alot better and i had slight food envy over them :(
the service was pretty shit we had to wait ages for our meals and i felt a little scared by the waitress! Clearly no time for niceness!
Erm....take me to bodeans QUICK!!
Stellar dinner here. Came on a Saturday night sans reservation and seated within 15 minutes at a shared table (they have non-shared tables too). We had a bottle of wine - an organic Malbec that rang in at just over 20 quid, which was very good value, I thought, as it was a pretty tasty wine (they had sub-20 quid bottles, too). Sweet rather than dry, but that's sometimes nice. We each had a starter, a main and we split a dessert.
Starters were dumplings for her and a salad of rocket, blue cheese, figs and walnuts for me; both were great. Mains were the burger with sweet potato fries, and the 'detox' salad, which was lots of carrots and other assorted veggies. For dessert we had the dark chocolate and raspberry truffle, which was delicious and went well with the wine (n.b. I usually think pairing food and wine is a dubious endeavor, but in this case it worked well - good work, us). The whole meal came to a little under 70 quid, which while isn't cheap isn't bad either for a multi-course meal and full bottle of wine.
I would definitely return to this place.
Decent veggie place.
I was not too impressed by the waiters, with impatient slightly snobbish attitudes. On top of which they automatically add 12.5% tip to your bill. I you can get past all that, the food is quite good. I am a fan of their appetizer dumplings. I can go for a second round of those dumplings right now! The main course is average, but the nice decor makes this restaurant a decent place to visit.
OK, so we had a bit of a wait to get a table, but the wait was kind of funny because while the waitstaff wait for their orders, they apparently take time out to whip their hair around in front of a fan. No, for real.. I'm sure we just happened to be in on a cheeky shift so I can't promise any future performances.
The food is all vegetarian and while I am not, I do like a well-done vegetarian meal, they are easy to do wrong and turn out bland.. but Mildred's was very worth the wait. Food was amazing, I had a pasta of the day: pesto with fennel and my friends had the burger of the day (bean, looked good), some other tofu things, etc. I was told that the sweet potato fries were a MUST so we ordered a couple of bowls for starters, and they were indeed quite good. We finished with an (apparently) soy cheesecake which I would have eaten more of but the portions for mains were so big that we were all well stuffed.
Well worth the trip! I never really feel like I do enough dining out in that part of town so it's always nice to find little gem restaurants like this.
Having a wheat intolerance, this restaurant is a safe heaven for myself, offering more than a handful of (vegetarian) dishes which are wheat free, gluten free or in some cases both - that also includes starters and dessert !
It is one of my favourite haunts when I am in London so I do try and go every time I'm there and it is pretty much guaranteed that the place is busy no matter what time of the day. So seeing as they don't take reservations, be prepared to wait for a while - though it is definitely worth it.
The quality of food is good. While not excellent, the general price of the menu balances it out bumping my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars.
My favourite dish is the creamy sweet potato and plum tomato curry with pea basmati and lime pickle, but be wary of the lime pickle as it can be very sour to those unsuspecting taste buds. The dessert menu is equally as good as the main, which makes it good for those sweet toothed out there. My personal recommendation is the vanilla rice pudding with golden plum compote and honeycomb - even if it is just for the melt in your mouth honeycomb pieces.
The service on the whole is satisfactory, probably due to how constantly busy they are. However, my only gripe is that they add on the 12.5% service charge to your bill. I'm no Scrooge, but I do like to be my own judge of how much tip I give on any given day. So for that reason, Mildreds is 1 star shy of the full 5.
This was my second meeting with an all vegetarian restaurant and like the last encounter this was like my rating, A-OK!!
We had a two starters to share, the special cheese fondue and a grilled halloumi salad! don't get me wrong I love my cheese however the cheese fondue was very strong the the cheese was very grainy! its very hard to get a grilled halloumi wrong and thank god they didn' t, the dressing was fantastic it really brought the whole dish together, the saltiness of the halloumi with the sweetness of the tomato and the balsamic dressing.
For the main I had the burrito filled with spicy black turtle beans, corn, red pepper and green tomatillo rice, topped with spicy sauce and cheddar served with iceberg, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo. However the food was very bland and tasteless!
Having dinner with a group of girls and we of course had dessert, we had the raspberry and dark chocolate truffle and salted caramel, hazelnut and chocolate cheesecake. The truffle was ordinary, the dusting of chocolate left a weird taste in your mouth. But the cheesecake was fantastic! the salted caramel was great!
I would definitely recommend this restaurant on the following conditions,
1. catching up with friends
2. if you have vegetarian friends
The service was slow but the staff was great fun!
Mildreds is an institution among vegetarians, and food lovers alike. It's sat in the same spot in Soho for 17 years and is incredibly popular. When i used to think of specifically veggie restaurants I'd imagine skinny women picking at salads, or smug hippies feasting on beans. OK, well you do get some of that, but in the least offensive way.
The downside to Mildred's is that you can't book a table and it gets VERY busy, but you can sit/perch in the bar area and wait for a table to become available.
Once seated you are presented with an impressive menu, that gives vegetarian and vegan options, and a daily changing specials board. I always have the full three courses when i go, my recommendation being the warm beetroot salad (£5.25) to start, the sweet potato and tomato curry (£8.50) and for desert the profiteroles (£4.75) are the most amazing i have ever tasted.
You can sip on a nice organic cider, or they have a vast selection of juices and smoothies. Prices are seriously reasonable, about £20 a head, as although you may leave full up to bursting point, you really feel like you've eaten good food and feel satisfied.
They also offer a take away service that is incredibly popular at lunchtimes. Recommended for vegetarians and food lovers.
The food is fantastic. Typically I'm very picky about veggie burgers but the aubergine and leek burger sounded too good to pass up and boy it was tasty! Too bad it isn't a permanent fixture on their menu. My friends had the stir-fry and pumpkin filled ravioli and both said they really enjoyed their dinner.
My only gripe is the seriously lack of bar/ waiting space. We waited about 15 minutes for table and we were constantly moving to avoid being in the way of other patrons and wait staff.
The service is fine, the price is right and the sweet potato fries are amazing! Mildred's is a must for any vegetarian and meat eaters alike.
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